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Concerto for viola and orchestra

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Concerto for viola and orchestra / Charles Bodman Rae.

by Charles Bodman Rae (2007)

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  • Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 horns, harp, solo viola, strings.
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    Performance by Juerg Daehler, Congress Chamber Orchestra, Keith Crellin from the CD Concerto for viola and orchestra


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My Viola Concerto was composed in the Australian summer of 2007 (January to March). It is scored for an orchestra of double woodwind (without bassoons), two horns, harp and strings. It has a 32-minute time span and is in three movements that follow each other without any breaks: introductory, slow, and main. The placing of the main movement last is a conscious reversal of the classical concerto scheme. The cadenzas, however, come towards the ends of the first and second movements. The first movement has an element of the concerto grosso: an orchestral ritornello that separates soloistic episodes. In these episodes we encounter contrasting ideas that reappear in the later movements. The second movement is an adagio, mostly in a quintuple metre. The final movement opens with a cantando theme led by the soloist. The ensuing Allegro is a passacaglia that repeats a nineteen-bar rhythmic cycle. Against these phrases there are contrasting variations (from the playful to the lamenting) that connect with the earlier movements. The passacaglia leads to the final appearance of the cantando theme. A short, fast coda ends the concerto. The work is affected at many levels, and in all three movements, by the interaction of minor thirds and perfect fifths. In this and other respects the concerto is closely related to my second string quartet. In this concerto I have deliberately explored the upper and top registers of the viola, as well as the wonderfully rich voice of its lowest string.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (86p. -- B4 (landscape))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 32 mins

Contents note:

I Allegro (10 min.) -- II Andante (11 min., 30 sec.) -- III Andante – Allegro (10 min., 30 sec.).

Dedicated to Juerg Daehler

Commissioned by International Viola Society with funds provided by Australia Council.

First performance by Juerg Daehler, Congress Chamber Orchestra, Keith Crellin — 1 Jul 07. 35th International Viola Congress, Elder Hall, University of Adelaide

Includes program note and biographical notes on composer.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-67309-921-0

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